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As the British summer draws to a close, we consider the best places to travel to catch the end of the summer sun and other adventures. Here is our guide on where to holiday in September. In Venezuela it’s the wet season, and although it’s easier to travel during the dry season, a lot of natural sights are less impressive. The tumbling Angel Falls is dramatically impressive in September, whereas in the dry season it is sometimes inaccessible, and the flow slows to a thin ribbon. In the Pantanal in Brazil, September is the driest month, with warm days and cool nights – and the best chance of spotting a jaguar. Over in Namibia it is also the dry season, and the skies are a pure blue. It is one of the best times for wildlife viewing, especially in Etosha National Park, where large herds of animals are common – including elephants, giraffes, zebras, kudus and more. Meanwhile in Europe, Romania is celebrating its George Enescu Festival, with classical music performances to honour the Romanian composer.
Although the country has distinct geographical areas, which all face diverse weather, on average, September is one of the best times to visit. It is the dry season, meaning the weather is sunny and there is little rainfall – bringing out herds of animals to waterholes. It is also the month to visit the Masai Mara, where the dramatic wildebeest migration takes place. Around 2 million animals make the migration (including wildebeest, gazelles and zebras), and this is when they return from the Serengeti in Tanzania.
The monsoon season ends in August, and from mid-September is when the driest period begins. Be prepared for rain to still fall, however – there is just less than the preceding months, so travelling in the country is easier. The skies are clear and mountain peaks are set against vivid blues. It is also the time for one of Bhutan’s biggest festivals, the Thimphu Tshechu. Held in the capital, this spiritual festival is attended by people from remote villages around the country, to attend and socialise. The central focus is on the complex dances performed by masked monks, but markets also open up and the atmosphere is palpable.
In September, the weather is warm and dry in most of the country. As high season ebbs away towards the end of August, you compete with smaller crowds at famous attractions. As it turns to autumn, the countryside will be peppered with shades of red and yellow, and it is still warm enough to enjoy coastal areas; yet not stifling when exploring historical ruins in the sunshine. In terms of cuisine, this is when truffles and wild mushrooms come into season. And as an added bonus, September catches the tail-end of the renowned Venice Film Festival.